Statement of Research!America President & CEO Mary Woolley on Senate Confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Research!America applauds Senate confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy for the role of Surgeon General. As Dr. Murthy demonstrated when he ably served as our nation’s 19th surgeon general under the Obama Administration, he is a visionary leader, a determined advocate for public health rigor and progress, and a compelling communicator who has earned the trust and respect of the American people.  Whether the challenge is combating COVID-19, confronting the escalating opioid crisis, advancing concrete solutions to racial and ethnic health disparities, or collaborating with CDC and other research and health agencies to strengthen our nation’s core public health and research & development capabilities, Dr. Murthy is the right leader at the right time for this pivotal public health role.  

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We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America